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What’s Different about California Milk?

July 29, 2016

The Golden State’s High Dairy Standards Impact the Taste of California Milk

Have you ever noticed that people often describe California milk as creamier and richer than milk from other states? Have you wondered why that might be? You may remember the TV commercial a few years ago that stated, “Happy cows come from California.” Is the delicious taste and creamy texture of California milk really about cow happiness? While we agree that the California sunshine may contribute to overall happiness in humans and possibly cows, there’s a bit more than sunshine and smiles to the great tasting milk from the Golden State.

Higher Standards

According to the Dairy Council of California, “[…] milk produced in California must meet specific standards that are higher than the federal standards.” California milk meets these high standards by ensuring the inclusion of nonfat milk solids, which fortify the milk. This healthy addition is why people from other areas notice an improved taste and creaminess to our milk. So next time you want to impress your guests from out of state, make sure to have a few extra cartons of Rockview milk on hand during their stay—they won’t be able to get enough!

Nutritionally Superior

Thanks to these higher standards, California milk is also nutritionally superior! Many Americans are deficient in protein, calcium, vitamins and minerals considered essential nutrients for optimal health. But the inclusion of milk solids to milk increases the levels of these nutrients without a significant calorie increase. Drinking California milk as a part of a well-balanced diet can make it easier to meet nutritional requirements due to the boosted nutrient levels.

The Takeaway

So what do think? Have you ever noticed that milk from out of state has a bluish tint or lacks flavor and creaminess? You can blame it on those missing nonfat milk solids. If you live outside California and can’t buy Rockview, maybe it’s time to reach out to your state officials and local dairies and demand healthier milk in your state! If you do live in California, this is a great reminder to make sure that you are drinking local and buying fresh California milk from family farms like Rockview.


For more information about nutrients in milk, check out our Rockview Farms nutrition page!